Managing Your Travel Logistics While Flying Private
For the past two weeks I’ve been flying on private planes. I’ll be doing so for several more weeks, and I plan to keep doing it for as long as my startup remains private.
I’m writing this blog because many people are curious about what it’s like, and I can’t keep up with answering individual questions. (Also, I hate phone calls.)
Private plane travel has a lot in common with commercial travel. You still need to book a plane and a hotel room, for example. But there are some key differences. So let’s start by talking about how you book flights when you’re flying private.
If you are a frequent business traveler, a lot of your time is spent in airports and on airplanes. If you fly for a living, it can be difficult to get in enough sleep, maintain your exercise regimen and eat well while traveling.
Whether you work for an executive search firm that flies private or you charter your own plane, there are several ways to make your travel experience more pleasant and efficient.
Keep Your Flight Logistics in Order
One of the biggest hassles of flying private is organizing the logistics of your travel schedule. When you fly commercially, most airlines will allow you to book all of your trips at once. When traveling privately, however, each trip must be booked separately. You also have to ensure that there is enough space on each trip.
Another thing to think about when booking private flight logistics is where the plane will pick up and drop off passengers. For example, if you have a meeting in Boston, you may need to arrange for two different flights–one from New York City and one from Boston–to bring everyone to their destination.
If you work with a corporate jet charter service, they will typically take care of the logistical details for you. If not, however, it’s important to keep track of everything yourself so that
Flying on a private plane can be an amazing experience, and it can be an awful one. The difference between the best private flight and the worst one is all in the details, so it’s worth putting some time into getting the logistics right.
If you’re flying on a private plane for the first time, or if you’re just getting started with your own private flights, this guide will help you understand your options so you can make the best decisions for your unique situation.
Think of this as a checklist for making sure your next private flight goes smoothly — and that you get a great deal on it. Let’s start at the beginning of a typical trip, with planning (and booking) your flight:
Everyday we see photos of celebrities getting off private planes and complaining about being too famous. I am sure they would all agree that flying private is a luxury that has its perks.
Why would somebody want to fly on a private plane? Well, there are obvious reasons like speed, comfort, and convenience, but here are a few more:
– You can get to more destinations.
– You can save time by avoiding layovers.
– Your privacy is protected. Flying private allows you to avoid the crowds and security lines.
– You don’t have to deal with other people’s luggage.
– You can carry more luggage than commercial airlines allow.
– You have access to amenities like gourmet food options and personal entertainment centers.
There are many great reasons to fly private. Some of the best include:
Avoiding the crowds at the commercial airports
Flying at a time that is convenient for you (instead of when the airlines tell you)
Flying directly to your destination (no more layovers or delays)
Having more space and privacy than flying on a commercial flight
Being able to work during your flight (getting things done ahead of time)
I am going to set the record straight on private jet travel. I’m going to share with you the strategies and logistics that have worked best for me so far, and hopefully dispel some of the myths.
What is a Private Jet?
A private jet is a plane that flies without a schedule, and operates on demand. This can also be called “chartering a flight” or “flying on demand”. There are two main ways to fly privately: either by owning or leasing an entire aircraft, or by flying as a passenger on someone else’s plane. I will only discuss the latter here.
I occasionally write about my experiences flying privately, but I was reluctant to get too specific about how I fly because there is a lot of misinformation out there about private aviation and I didn’t want to perpetuate it. But after talking with several people who have been on their first private flights recently and hearing their horror stories, I decided it was time to share the tips that have helped me.
Until recently, this type of flying was dominated by brokers: middlemen who charge large commission fees for helping you book charter flights with other people’s planes. For example, you would contact them with your requirements (e.g. round-trip from San Francisco to New York
If you’re reading this, then you’ve already decided to buy a private plane. Congratulations!
Private aircraft ownership is a great way to improve your business productivity and your personal quality of life. However, it’s important to remember that owning a private plane is more than just buying the actual plane. There are many other factors that need to be considered when making such a large purchase. For example, how will you assure your aircraft is always well maintained? How will you find pilots? Can I get an insurance quote for my personal use aircraft? All of these are questions that the experienced aerospace engineers at Airshare can answer for you.
Let’s start with the basics: private jet ownership comes in two forms: fractional or whole ownership. Whole ownership gives you complete control over your jet and its use while fractional ownership gives you a share of the entire fleet. The latter option allows you to fly as much or as little as you want without having to worry about maintaining your own plane. It may even be more affordable than whole ownership depending on how often you plan to fly.
Airshare has been helping clients explore both options for decades so rest assured we’ll help guide you through each step of this exciting process!